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Occupational Safety and Health Major


Provides students with an introduction to this profession and equips them with the knowledge and skills to function effectively in the health and safety industry.

Students undertaking this major as part of the Bachelor of Health Science should select a second major in Health Promotion, Addiction Studies or Nutrition.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

Professional Recognition


Students can apply for membership with Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. Graduates are eligible for membership with Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

Graduates of K97 will be eligible to apply for our graduate level of membership Grad IOSH. They will then be required to undertake a period of Initial Professional Development which will require students to provide evidence of their practice skills in a skills development portfolio (IPD), at the end of this period there will be a professional review interview. After successful completion of this IPD process students will then be eligible for the chartered membership of IOSH (CMIOSH).

Students can apply for membership with Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS).

Full time students can join as a Student member or on graduation apply for Transitional Membership

Students can apply for membership with Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH).

Students can either join as a Student member or an Associate Member.



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
HST1152Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety15
OHS1120Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Science15
HST1160Occupational and Environmental Health Regulation15
HST2145Risk Management15
HST2258Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology15
HST3503Workplace Compensation and Injury Management15
HST3350Safety and Ergonomic Hazards15
HST3357Occupational Safety and Health Management15

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Important notes

  • HST2258: All students will be required to attend compulsory on-campus laboratory practicals.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical occupational health and Safety (OHS)/ workplace health and safety (WHS) situations.
  2. Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex OHS and WHS problems.
  3. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate OHS and WHS specific solutions and responses.
  4. Use digital technologies and literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  5. Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  6. Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  7. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values.
  8. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

This major is aimed at those who wish to work as OSH/OHS/WHS practitioners in a range of industries such as the manufacturing, mining or resources.

Possible future job titles

Occupational Safety and Health Manager, Occupational Hygiene Technician, Workers Compensation Administrator, Rehabilitation Officer, Risk Manager

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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  • Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health Jacques Oosthuizen is investigating the affects of hazardous chemicals on firefighters.

  • Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health Jacques Oosthuizen is investigating the affects of hazardous chemicals on firefighters.